For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But its “Saviour of 'is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
An' its Tommy this, an 'Tommy that, an' anything you please
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool – you bet that Tommy sees!
Rudyard Kipling's poem “Tommy” reflects the attitude of the public in Edwardian Britain towards the professional British Army. It was a force that would be dismissed in 1914 as “the contemptible little army” by the Imperial German Army high command until its soldiers came under sustained and accurate British fire at Mons.
Today the British public is much better informed and values the role played by its armed forces in challenging operational environments around the world. Support for servicemen and women and their families has grown and shows itself in new and established charities that have helped men and women adjust after the time in uniform, recover from life altering injuries or those for whom a son or daughter, father or mother will never again shout a greeting as they come through the front door. However sometimes it is just day to day support and understanding that is needed and here Heroes Welcome has stepped in.
Many of the team at Spirit of Remembrance are familiar with the tough demands that service life can impose on men and women and their friends and families and so along with service charities and business and commercial organisations we are proud to be associated the Heroes Welcome.
(*Please note this is the official Heroes Welcome website & is NOT part of Spirit of Remembrance).